- Get closer to the wild - only 15 min. from Yala NP, next to the beach
Back of Beyond - Safari Lodge Yala is a peaceful home to come back to, after a day of exploring. To rest on the open veranda with a cool natural breeze as the moon rises over the invisible ocean, is to live the romance of the remote dry zone villages.
There are 2 cottages with a large open veranda, for dining, lounging and sleeping; they can be booked separately or together:
- ‘Malittan’ (5 pers.) and ‘Debara’ (7 pers.)
The stars and the rising moon, with the sound of the sea breaking on the rocks hidden below the forested cliff is the perfect end to a long day out on safari at Yala National Park, or exploring the ancient sites of Ruhuna. For the lover of the wilderness, the symbiosis of lodge and wild will make you feel right at home in and with nature.
Back of Beyond - Safari Lodge Yala is created as typical park cottages with a large open veranda, for dining, lounging and sleeping, with a small enclosed area for sleeping and keeping your gear. We have been inspired by the traditional clay wall and thatch roofed homes of the dry zone, our cottages are built with mud bricks, thatched with talipot fronds and have a semi cleared garden that merges with the scrub land and jungle beyond.
Our Safari Lodge consists of 2 separate cottages – ‘Malittan’ accomodating 5 and ‘Debara’ 7 guests (a total of 12). The cottages have one enclosed room each which sleeps 3 persons, the others will be following the tradition of Sri Lankan wildlife parks, sleeping out on the veranda under the mosquito nets swaying in the gentle breeze. The character of the traditional simple dry zone homes is merged with the comfort of crisp linen and airy modern bathrooms with hot water.
Keeping with the feel of Yala and the Back of Beyond philosophy, air conditioning and TV are not available in this rustic cottage.
Our friendly staff includes a house-keeper and cook. Food has always been a vital part of what makes up our holiday memories! In keeping with the traditions of our Back of Beyond retreats, our cook at Yala will prepare a wide variety of Sri Lankan as well as western dishes. The flavors of the coastal south predominates in the Sri Lankan food, and there is a distinct ‘Sri Lankan touch’ to the western dishes. We can also pack a picnic lunch should you be doing a full day safari or excursion.
Get closer to the wild!
The guests have access to the entire cottage, the grounds and the closeby beach.
I am based in Colombo most of the time but that is no problem at all, because you will be looked after well by our fantastic staff.
- It is possible to book the entire lodge, as well as a cottage.- Drivers accommodation and meals are provided at USD 10 per night.
- We can arrange a safari jeep to visit Yala or Bundala National Parks.
- We do not sell alcohol on the premises - you are welcome to bring your own.
- The sea is not safe for bathing in this area.
Preserving the natural environment is important to us. We have retained the natural topography and vegetation that is unique to each property, and have avoided clearing land when building our lodges. We have tried to use modern methods of environmental construction and consistently practice sustainable energy use. Back of Beyond properties leave a major proportion of the land untouched, or rejuvenated as a wild habitat where needed. We are discovering how critical these ‘wild pockets’ are as refuges for wildlife, as man increasingly takes control of the natural landscape - even in the most remote areas. Please note that it is best to observe any wildlife silently with minimal disturbance to their natural activities.
By making the reservation, guests have acknowledged and accepted that they are entering a wildlife area, staying in an unfenced property, and that their stay / tours conducted might take or bring them into contact or vicinity of wild animals (including snakes, spiders, wild boar, elephants etc.). Back of Beyond staff members, associates and/or agents cannot be held liable for any encounters involving the behavior of wild animals. Thus, the stay and entry into the wildlife area and Back of Beyond property is at your own risk and responsibility.